Although always intended to house the new Tadek Marek-designed V8, the DBS first appeared with the 4.0-litre six of the concurrently produced DB6. Styled in-house by Bill Towns, the four-seater DBS employed a platform-type chassis with independent suspension all round: wishbone and coil-spring at the front, De Dion with Watts linkage at the rear. Bigger and more luxuriously appointed than the DB6, the heavier DBS disappointed some by virtue of its slightly reduced performance, but there were no complaints when the V8 arrived in 1969.
After the sale of Aston Martin to ‘Company Developments’ in January 1972, work started on a comprehensive facelift of the DBSV8, the main visual cue being the adoption of single headlamps and a revised front grille. Now known as the AMV8, the car retained the Bosch mechanical fuel injection system until August 1973, when four twin choke Weber carburettors were fitted, together with updates to the interior trim, a bigger bonnet bulge to clear the carburettor air box and a re-designed fuel tank to allow more luggage space.
Purchased by the vendors father brand new direct from Aston Martin Lagonda in Newport Pagnell, for Mr J V R Bullough of Underfell, Barbon, Nr Kirkby Lonsdale in Cumbria; a well known customer to Aston Martin who purchased a new vehicle every two years in the same colour, specifically, Deep Carriage Green with black interior.
Serviced annually for the first 5 years by Aston Martin at Newport Pagnell and thereafter by a well known motor technician Mick Pearson, trained by Colin Thew with the Aston Martin Service Team, the car was retained by the first owner until 2nd July 1980 and it has been in the vendor’s family ever since. Mick Pearson worked at Bare Motor Company and Hargreaves Garages until he retired in 2012.
The mileage showing on the odometer of 37,182 is according to the vendors absolutely genuine, and a matching numbers car with its original chassis, engine and gearbox.
Whilst the information shows that the vehicle has had a total of four owners, the 2nd, 3rd and 4th owners are the same as the companies were owned by the Hargreaves Family which shows it has been in the family for the last 36 years.
This vehicle has been lovingly cared for and cherished in a suitable environment all its life and is described as being in excellent condition throughout with the black hide interior showing very little wear and commensurate with a mileage of 37,000 miles. and is supplied with 2 sets of original keys, a host of old tax discs, majority of previous MoT certificates and old V5 logbooks as well as a current item and 12 months MoT.
With prices of the historically important V8 family increasing in response to the rise in value of the David Brown DB four, fives and sixes, this car represents a golden opportunity to acquire one of the best low mileage and low ownership examples on the market.